Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
To be fair, nobody should come here expecting to read a nuanced critique of racial and economic tensions between North and South. My best hope was ...more
The worst part is while I am also a Northern pinko that generally agrees with him on the sorry state of the un ...more
Over the years, there has always been talk coming from Texas and Alaska (specifically) about "seceding" from the United States.
Considering all the hate, discontent, and vitriolic that has been emanating from the southern states during Pres. Obama's first term, it is no surprise that author Chuck Thompson chose to research and write this book.
By the way, the book was publi ...more
WOOHOO!!!!! and HOLY CRAP!!!!!! I can barely wait until this book is released in August and the s--- hits the fan. What a great time for me to be working in a bookstore! Finally an author who tells it like it is. It would be even funnier if it weren't so true, but I did laugh out loud--often. I've known for years that the South held an awful lot of power in this country, but I never understood how and why. I certainly do now, and I don't like it. Cheers to C ...more
Category – Politics/History
This book is controversial, opinionated, and, humorous but serious in some respects. You will love the book if you are a Northerner, Obama backer, Liberal, and a Democrat. You will hate it if you are a Southerner, Anti-Obama, Conservative, and a Republican. Either way I recommend the book.
Chuck Thompson puts forth the proposal that the USA, would be better off if the Southern States would seced ...more
Unconvincing: the north keeping Texas.
He lists the Seven Dea ...more
Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, by Chuck Thompson, is an engaging and provocative examination of US North/South tensions through the conceit of Thompson's semi-serious proposition that the South ought to be allowed to secede after all, because the North would be "better off without 'em".
To explore this suggestion, Thompson takes off on a road trip through the Confederacy and nearby areas, confronting Southerners of various descriptions and finally convoking a...more
The author does not provide new information, but he he does give anyone who wants to rag on the South plenty of statistics, anec ...more
In some respects, Thompson is correct. Many of the more conservative people live in the South. Also, lots of the fundamentalist Christians also live in my part of the country. However, there are many liberal folks around here, just as there are many conservativ ...more
The chapter on football nearly lost me, despite a promise from the author th ...more
It i ...more
1) A serious review of the practical reasons for, and implications of, a succession of basically "The South" sans Texas from the current United States and
2) An attempted humor book where a jackass Yankee crams as many juvenile (if often pretty fuckin' funny) jokes about the South as possible into the text.
Thompson doesn't mix these two disparate concepts particularly well, resulting in a disjointed read that could've been much better i ...more
It is an interesting what if and I find it puzzling that as he describes in the epilogue, some people basically ran away in the other direction when asked to maybe contribute to the research of the book.
I also agree that even if those who hold enormously stupid beliefs, from racism to gun control may be in the minority they are quite vocal and since they are not confronted publicly by the ones who do not share their views. This serves to paint the rest of the southern populatio ...more
Oh, and DEFINITELY buy the Kindle version--I read the paperback and was always worried people would think I wa ...more
1) Overgeneralization. Thompson paints the far-right quirkies (uber-conservative evangelical Protestants, Tea Parti ...more
Should secession occur the south could become the theocracy it so desires. They could eliminate all taxes, outlaw gay marriage, build a wall along every border, mandate the ownership of assault rifles, teach creationism in schools, strip mine hillsides for coal to fuel power plants, eliminate environmental, health, and safety protections, a ...more